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    City Secures Facility for Regional Vaccination Center

    The City of Lynchburg announced today that it has entered into a lease agreement with Liberty University to rent the retail space that formerly housed T. J. Maxx at 3700 Candlers Mountain Road (in Candlers Station) for the purpose of operating a regional vaccination center. The space was chosen because of its central location, accessibility, ample parking and affordability.

    “Although we know the area does not have enough vaccine yet to open the mass vaccination center at this time, we want to be fully prepared when that time comes,” said Interim City Manager, Reid Wodicka. “We have already operated several smaller sites with our regional partners, and we have complete confidence that when the vaccine supply does increase to levels that can sustain a mass vaccination site, we will be able to administer the vaccine efficiently.”

    In the interim, the Central Virginia Vaccination Task Force, comprised of the Region’s Emergency Coordinators and other community stakeholders, continues to conduct smaller community-based vaccine “PODs” or clinics. The group, led by Dr. Wendy Wilcoxson with the Blue Ridge Emergency Medical Services Council (BREMS), is working together to develop plans and share information and resources. “The small clinics we are holding now are practice for larger ones in the future,” said Dr. Wilcoxson. “When the vaccine becomes more available, we are ready to get it to people quickly.”

    “I am very appreciative of Liberty University’s support in our effort to secure this lease and for once again stepping up to be a great community partner,” said Wodicka. “We have been assured by the Virginia Department of Health that everyone who wants the vaccine will receive it. We continue to ask that everyone have patience and know the partners Centra, the Central Virginia Health District and the City are doing all we can to make that happen.”